Detail of side B, top right: upper half of nude, bearded athlete (note red...

Detail of side B, right of center: nude, youthful athlete standing in a ne...

Detail of side B, right of center: head and chest of a nude, youthful athl...

Detail of side B, top left: the upper half of the trainer (note the red wr...

View of side A, from the right

Detail of side B, center, bottom: legs of two athletes

Collection: Paris, Musée du Louvre
Summary: Side A: Between Apollo and Artemis, Tityos carries off LetoSide B: Athletes and trainer
Ware: Attic Red Figure
Painter: Attributed to Phintias
Context: From Vulci
Date: ca. 520 BC - ca. 510 BC
Dimensions: H. 0.60 m; H. (incl. lid) 0.675 m; Diam. (mouth) 0.25 m
Primary Citation: ARV2, 23.1; Para, 323; Beazley Addenda 2, 154
Shape: Amphora
Beazley Number: 200116
Region: Etruria
Period: Late Archaic


Decoration Description:

Side A: Apollo and Artemis are alarmed at the abduction of their mother, Leto, by Tityos. Apollo, nude except a himation draped over his left arm, advancing profile to the right, reaches to Tityos. Tityos, bearded and nude, wearing a red wreath, standing profile to the right, lifts Leto, wearing a himation over a short-sleeved chiton, and a narrow stephane, shown profile to the right, with her head profile to the left. Artemis, advancing profile to the left, wearing a himation draped over her shoulders, a thin chiton with an overfold, a thin stephane and wreath in her hair, holds her right hand up (a gesture of horror?), and grasps her bow and arrow in her left hand.

Side B: A bearded trainer, wearing a himation draped over his left shoulder, holding a staff in his right hand, and his drapery in his left hand, directs a nude, youthful athlete standing in a nearly frontal stride, with his head profile to the left, holding a stick at a diagonal from the ground; another nude, bearded athlete (or trainer?), standing profile to the left, holds a stick at a diagonal in his left hand.

Shape Description: Type A amphora

Inscriptions:

In red dipinti, on side A: *X*A*I*R*E, *X*A*I*R*E, *A*P*O*L*L*O*N, *X*A*I*R*E, *L*E*T*O*U*S (retrograde), *A*I*D*O*S (next to Artemis).

On side B: *S*O*S*T*R*A*T*O*S *K*A*L*O*S, "Sostratos is beautiful"; *S*O*T*I*N*O*S, "Sotinos"; *X*A*R*E*S (retrograde), "Chares"; *D*E*M*O*S*T*R*A*T*E, "Demostrate" (the last six letters in retrograde); *X*A*I*R*E, "hail,"*S*O*S*I*A*S, "Sosias" (retrograde).

Collection History: Ex Coll. Beugnot; acquired by the Louvre in 1866.

Sources Used: CVA, France 8, Louvre 5, III.1c, pl. 28.2-3, 5-8